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Title: The Loddon catchment, Thames Region : proposals for Statutory Water Quality Objectives
Author: National Rivers Authority Thames Region
Document Type: Monograph
This document sets out the proposals of the National Rivers Authority (NRA) and the Environment Agency (the Agency) for Statutory Water Quality Objectives (SWQOs) for stretches of river in the Loddon catchment. Its purpose is to provide local organisations and individuals with the opportunity to comment before more formal Government consultations take place. This is the start of a process which may ultimately lead to the setting of SWQOs by the Secretary of State. Our role in this is to advise the Secretary of State on which SWQOs should apply, having heard the views of interested parties and taken into account the environmental, technical and economic implications of their views. SWQOs define a target level of water quality to be met for a river stretch, together with a target date by which this level must be achieved. SWQOs have a statutory basis and therefore, once set, the NRA or the Agency will be required to ensure, as far as is practicable to do so, that they are achieved. Water quality targets for river stretches have not previously been set in this way in England and Wales, so Government has decided, in consultation with us, to test the operation of SWQOs in a series of pilot catchments. The Loddon catchment has been selected as a pilot because a Catchment Management Plan (CMP) has already been completed by the NRA for the Blackwater sub-catchment. CMPs integrate all of our water management responsibilities by setting out long-term goals for a range of different uses of the water environment.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1996
Publication Place: Reading
Subject Keywords: Catchment managementRiversWater qualityConsultation
Geographic Keywords: LoddonLoddon catchment
Extent: 16
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